Sunday, June 18, 2017

SC Triathletes Underground Grand Prix Series: Race 4 - Sprint Draft-legal Duathlon

Long's Marine Lab
1 mile run / 4 mile bike / 1 mile run / 4 mile bike / 1 mile run

1st Steve Doinidis: 42:55
2nd Gunnar Roll: 43:04
3rd Martin Spierings: 46:38

Despite the small field tight racing and multiple lead changes defined the first ever Long's Marine Lab Duathlon. Congrats Steve for his victory.

Friday, April 14, 2017

SC Triathletes Underground Grand Prix Series: Race 3 - "The Eliminator" Swim.

50s on descending time cycle starting at 60 seconds.

1st James Lamb - 31
2nd Patrick Draeger- 34
3rd Gunnar Roll- 37 (in a swim off)
4th Aaron Robinson - 37
5th Martin Spierings - 40
6th Steve Doinidis - 42
7th Mark Yakuchev - 57
8th Kyle Brown (late)

Series Standings after Race 3

Saturday, March 18, 2017

SC Triathletes Underground Grand Prix Series: Race 2 Results - Bike ITT Santa Cruz to Davenport

Podium Race 2. L-R (Patrick, Jake, Gunnar)
1. Jake Gibbs 20:49
2. Gunnar Roll 22:01
3. Patrick Draegar 22:21
4. James Lamb 22:40
5. Benoit Pelczar 22:30-23:00?
6. Martin Spierings 28:44

Series Points

Saturday, February 25, 2017

UCSC Multibrick results

Results of the 1 mile run / 3 mile bike / 1 mile run / 3 mile bike / 1 mile run / 3 mile bike / 1 mile run

1. Jake Gibbs
2. Aaron Robinson
3. Benoit Pelczar
4. Steve Doinidis
5. Gunnar Roll   (7:02 /10:41 / 6:59 / 11:12 / 7:04 / 11:20 /6:59)
6. Martin Spierings  1:06:20 (6:50 / 12:21 / 7:10 / 12:41 / 7:08 /  12:23 / 7:12
7. Kyle Brown
8. Mark Yakushev 1:08:15  (7:41 / 11:28 / 8:20 / 12:22 / 8:24 / 12:11 / 7:49)
9. Jeremy Page

Splits to follow...

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Three Quick Swim Stroke Fixes

1. Body Position


Legs and bottom too low in the water creating frontal drag


Kick with your arms by your side with your body horizontal at the surface of the water then add your arms half way down the pool.



You should feel the breeze on your butt is it's in the right position.

2. Catch


Elbow is too low in the first phase of your pull (called the catch) resulting in less power through the front of the stroke.


Practice the sculling drill which puts your elbow in the right position (high and pointing up). Try and replicate that arm position in the first part of your pull through.


3. Rotation


It's easier to get in the correct catch position if you're rotating your body at the hips with each stroke instead of swimming flat on your belly.


Try the Switch drill to get used to rolling from side to side. Gradually reduce the number of kicks you do on each side until you're swimming normally with a nice rotation.



Visualize reaching over a barrel with each stroke. This will help you to keep your elbows high and turning your shoulders to maximize your reach.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Triathlete's Guide to Anti-Trump Consuming

Triathletes buy a lot of stuff. Some triathletes don't like Trump. I'm not sure exactly of the statistics on that one but triathlons lend themselves to doing plenty of travel and an appreciation of different countries and cultures. Triathletes also enjoy a protected natural environment and clean air.

Here's a guide on products and brands you might want to support or avoid if you're not on the Trump train.


Under Armour

CEO is a real Trump fan! He has described Trump as "an asset to the country" and has even implied support for the wall. Under Armour makes shoes, running apparel and sports bras and have in the past made triathlon shorts. They are a major sponsor of Australian Ironman champ Chris McCormick.


A popular fitness tracking app (you might know it as MapMyRun or MapMy Ride) was acquired by Under Armour in 2013. You might want to delete your account and app and use the (also much better IMHO) Strava instead.

New Balance

You might train in New Balance shoes and wear their running shorts and socks. This one is a bit more of a grey area. New Balance started the controversy in November 2016 when they supported Trump's proposal to tear up the Trans Pacific Partnership (as they have U.S. based factories). It was taken by some as an endorsement of Trump and wasn't helped when a white supremacist website site voiced their support.


Often travelling to destination events far from home, travel is always a big expense for triathletes. Obviously you won't be staying in a Trump hotel but you also want to avoid his new cheaper option, Scion Hotels.

Amazon, Zappos

If you shop online for a pair of shoes or a GPS watch, you might want to avoid these two that still sell Ivanka and Trump products. 


Nordstrom Rack

You've probably heard of Trump and Kellyanne Conway calling out Nordstrom for dumping Ivanka Trump's clothing line. But wait, what has Nordstrom got to do with triathletes? I can attest personally to have bought quality brand name running shoes from there for a steal! I've also seen running shirts and shorts.

Athleta, Patagonia, REI, Arc'teryx

The #grabyourwallet campaign started this consumer resistance campaign and has been responsible for many companies pulling Trump related products off their shelves. 100% Trump free retailers, that carry brands and equipment popular with triathletes, are on that list. Patagonia and Arc'teryx have also been pushing back hard on Trump's anti-environment policies and both have some great trail running gear.

Update 2/10 - Skinfit CEO want you to know they are Trump safe to buy via this tweet .

Would love to hear from readers if you know of any tri related brands that have made a stand for or against Trump and I will update this blog.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Race Ratings - Woodside 50K 2017 - Woodside, CA

Seasoned ultra-runner Adam Blum reviews the Woodside 50K. An early season hit out for him. He placed 3rd of the 50+ age group despite a wrong turn. Results.
Photo Credit: Chasqui Runner
Woodside 50K - Woodside, CA. January 1, 2017 (reviewer: Adam Blum)

Overall - ★★★★☆
A true Bay area classic and one which I have run various distances on over the past 13 years.

Registration - ★★★★★
$80. Keeps it under my rule of thumb of no more than $3 per mile.  It's also on UltraSignup.  Doesn’t get much easier.

Swag - ★★★★☆
Nice ceramic coaster for finishing the ultra. Really nice tech T-shirt.  Upgrade over old PCTR shirt.

Course - ★★★★☆
Huddart and Wunderlich Parks are amazingly beautiful and lush.The course is however quite a bit short. Friends finished in under 29 miles.  I did over 50K for at least a couple extra miles. Although I have done this race several times I still missed the last turn to the finish as the turn ribbon was obscured by a car. The guy in front of me (I was chasing down the #2 50+ guy) said at the end that he almost missed the turn but his spectating girlfriend directed him the right way.

Post-Race Feed - ★★★★★
Sliders and soup bar.  Beer. Doesn’t really get much better. Way to go RD. Maybe some craft brews next time? But that’s really quibbling.

Prizes / Results - ★★★★☆
Bottle opener for placing third in age group. Nice. Results were online after a day.